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Old 02-05-2009, 08:57 PM   #1
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Hello everyone, this is my first post. Need to talk to some Yorkie owners and get some opinions.
I have a 5 yr old Yorkie named Gavin. Gavin has frequent gastro problems (especially if he gets into the garbage!!) So, yesterday when he started to gag and vomit clear mucus, I thought, here we go again. He also had diarrhea.(sp?) He was vomiting any water or food I offered and so as instructed previously, I took both away for several hours. I gave him a bit of water during the night and when I woke this morning, no vomit but some diarrhea. I gave him some cooked chicken, which he ignored. My plan was to call and make an appt for tomorrow if his appetite did not improve. I was petting him and noticed his skin was quite red and when I rolled him on his back was shocked to see his whole stomach was beet red! It looked like a really bad sunburn. I looked at a spot he'd had on his back two weeks ago that was like a pimple, just to check it had healed and squeezed with my fingers to see if had any pus in it (it didn't) and within seconds there was purple blotches of brusing where I had pinched!
So, I'm freaking out thinking, crap he has some blood disorder! (leukemia)
Took him to the vet who didn't seem as worried as me. He gave him fluids and an injection to settle his stomach, took bloodwork. I get the result tomorrow afternoon. I've attached a photo of his tummy.
He normally has really dry irritated skin but the redness almost looks like broken blood vessels. What are your thoughts???
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:57 PM   #2
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Sorry, can't help, but I thought I could bump this up for you.
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Wow I really haven't seen anything like that. Do you think it could be a severe allergic reaction to his food or something he ate?
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Old 02-06-2009, 01:38 AM   #4
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I think it is an allergic reaction to whatever the vet gave him. My girlfriends yorkie had a similar reaction to a misdiagnosed issue with her dog. I would get a second opinion.
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Angela 1617 ......... oh dear, that looks quite uncomfortable - almost looks like a burn - is it blistering at all? ........ please take wee Gavin to a second vet for a second opinion...... it almost looks like he's got into something ...... was he out in your yard or anywhere where he could have got his stomach in contact with anything?

Have you bathed him lately with different shampoo or rinse? What about his bedding ...... have you washed it in the last few days with strong soap or anything?

I'd be really worried too ......... please let us know how you make out.

These little four footers really need us to advocate for them and maybe the first vet just isn't all that interested ........ is he/she your regular vet?
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What are you washing your floors with? It looks like one of my girls stomach where she had itched herself after I had used either PineSol or a bleach cleaner on the floor.
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Om the second problem, I do not know but would get a second opinion. That is far from normal. For the gastrointestinal issues, whenever a pup gets into trash, there is a possibility of pancreatitis. This can lead to diabetes and can be fatal. Please talk to the vet about it.
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Do you feed him table scraps? When my girl was younger we let her lick a plate of something that had onions in it and she got really sick over it. If you already know what you can't feed a dog then disregard this but, onions, garlic, raisins, and chocolate are really hard and toxic for them to eat. There are other things they can't handle but I thought that's my best guess as far as the diarhea and vomiting go. Good Luck.
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Old 02-06-2009, 05:40 AM   #9
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Thanks for all your replies. Gavin generally does have dry, sensitive skin. We can only use baby shampoo on him. My 14 yr old daughter usually baths him and I wondered if she didn't rinse him well enough. He only goes out to pee in a closed in pen I have, it's been -22 here so, he's out and right back in. I suppose its possible he's laid in something, maybe I'll give him a tepid bath today just to rinse him off. I am almost positive he has not gotten into the garbage lately because I've been very careful.
There is no blistering but what looks like petichea (sp) or tiny broken blood vessels. My vets are a husband and wife team. Generally, she is my vet but yesterday it was her husband.
This morning he's about the same. Tried to poop but nothing really left in there I think. His poop is very foul and dark brown/flourescent yellow.
I'm going to make him some chicken and rice and see if he'll have a bit.
I should have the blood results later today.
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Sorry, but I don't get it, how is your Yorkie getting into Garbage? He could possibly get anything from garbage. I dont understand how you let him in garbage, my Yorkie gets nothing in her mouth except what I give her, how does that happen?
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Old 02-06-2009, 06:21 AM   #11
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Well, we have a large garbage can as I have three kids and seem to go through alot. (we recycle!!) When the garbage gets high enough we pull the bag up to accomodate. Gavin will wait til the middle of the night or when we leave and reach up and pull the bag until something falls out. This garbage can is 20 inches high. Usually, I either put him in his room when we leave or put the garbage away at night to prevent it. However, in a busy household, sometimes it gets missed. Sometimes, I am not home and kids do not pay attention.
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Thanks for all your replies. Gavin generally does have dry, sensitive skin. We can only use baby shampoo on him. My 14 yr old daughter usually baths him and I wondered if she didn't rinse him well enough. He only goes out to pee in a closed in pen I have, it's been -22 here so, he's out and right back in. I suppose its possible he's laid in something, maybe I'll give him a tepid bath today just to rinse him off. I am almost positive he has not gotten into the garbage lately because I've been very careful.
There is no blistering but what looks like petichea (sp) or tiny broken blood vessels. My vets are a husband and wife team. Generally, she is my vet but yesterday it was her husband.
This morning he's about the same. Tried to poop but nothing really left in there I think. His poop is very foul and dark brown/flourescent yellow.
I'm going to make him some chicken and rice and see if he'll have a bit.
I should have the blood results later today.
That baby shampoo is probably contributing to the skin problems. Dogs need shampoo made for dogs not humans. Also, rinsing is the MOST IMPORTANT part of a bath. Let me make a couple of suggestions for shampoo & a rinse. Most of these will require a waiting time -where you shampoo & then wait 3-10 minutes before rinsing, then the conditioner will probably be the same way. So you want to make sure you have the bathing area really warm before you start the process.

Here's some excellent choices - this one was recommended by my holistic vet - this is the website for the shampoo, Phytoclens Herbal Shampoo - you can buy from them. natural herbal treatment - tomer laboratories - natural quality herbal remedies

I would definitely find a good shampoo -- this one contains:
PHYTOCLENS Herbal Shampoo

Phytoclens Himalayan Cedar Shampoo contains the natural essential oils of Himalayan cedarwood (Cedrus deodara) and Eucalyptus leaf oil (Eucalyptus globulus). Phytoclens use in a regular regimen promotes healthy skin and coat.

This is what I found about those ingredients
oils of Himalayan cedarwood
Cedarwood Himalayan Essential Oil, Cedarus Deodora

Eucalyptus leaf oil
Eucalyptus Globulus Essential Oil, Eucalyptus globulus

Or this is also a good choice for a shampoo & a rinse that will help dry skin
HyLyt Shampoo (8 oz) and this rinse Relief Creme Rinse - 8 oz

At the very least find a really good oatmeal shampoo.

Also, I would be sure to find a new place to keep the garbage, or to keep your furbaby separated from where the garbage is. Can the can go under the sink or with a lid that he can not open? What he is eating out of the garbage could kill him, or shorten his lifespan and very likely cost you in huge vet bills.
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Sorry, but I don't get it, how is your Yorkie getting into Garbage? He could possibly get anything from garbage. I dont understand how you let him in garbage, my Yorkie gets nothing in her mouth except what I give her, how does that happen?
Peanut does not get the garbage but he will find anything that the kids or my husband leave.(napkins wrapers) Its not like this little one is being feed garbage.
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We've been using baby shampoo on him for years with no ill effects. It was the "dog" shampoo that made him itchy. It was specifically for Yorkies.
Maybe a more natural product would work. I will have a look at the ones you mentioned.
I just bought a new garbage can last week and instead of a step on flap lid, this one has a bubble lid with a sliding door. I'm hoping that this will stop him. I have a Lab and a Chihuahua and he's my only garbage picker. Vicki, I know what you mean, I have teenagers who leave half eaten plates of food and walk away. Gavin has jumped onto couches and then onto the tables to get whatever they left. He's a determined pup.
I have an open concept house, so putting up gates isn't an option.
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Peanut does not get the garbage but he will find anything that the kids or my husband leave.(napkins wrapers) Its not like this little one is being feed garbage.
Yeah my pulga is the same way; I get so mad at her! She is like a little vacuum cleaner and always ends up getting sick whenever she grabs something she shouldn’t: cables, napkins, dirt from the shoes, flies, anything! Also when we go for walks she is trying to pick stuff from the floor...such a bad dangerous habit

I hope Gavin gets better soon, that looks very uncomfortable
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